My husband and I love cold treats in the winter. For some reason, we just get a craving for shakes and head out in the cold—sometimes in the snow!—for some frozen custard, which is our favorite kind of cold treat. We’ve been that way in nearly 18 years of being together, and I guess we always will be.
That said, I now know that we are not alone. People love to eat cold treats during the winter months, such as sugar on snow or maple sugar snow. In fact, we just checked out a picture book called Sugar Snow from the library. It’s a shortened version of Little House on the Prairie, I believe, focusing on this very winter treat.
I saw Alton Brown discuss sugar on snow (served with a plain cake doughnut and a dill pickle, of all things) on Best Thing I Ever Ate once, so we tried to put some maple syrup on snow the last time we had it. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing—probably because we didn’t reach the thickness that Alton’s maple syrup had.
That said, I ran across this blog post today about making your own maple sugar snow, and it looks really fun. We haven’t had snow in a few weeks where I live in Missouri, but as soon as we have more—hopefully soon!—we are totally trying this out.
Apparently sugar on snow is also known as maple taffy, and it’s a traditional treat in both Canada and New England. It can be eaten on a metal fork or a wooden popsicle stick—though Alton’s version, served at a restaurant, was served as a plate of snow alongside a little jug of warmed syrup to pour over it.